Arsene Wenger has hailed goalscoring hero Robin van Persie after his 99th and 100th strikes for the club today.
Arsenal had struggled in the first half against Bolton but van Persie provided the perfect start to the second period by slamming home the opening goal after just 38 seconds.
And the Arsenal manager lauded the achievement as the Dutchman became the 17th player in the club’s history to score 100 goals
“At this level it is very, very difficult”, he said. “I think in 2011 he’s scored 26 goals in 31 games, that’s absolutely magic.
“It’s difficult to imagine our team without him at the moment, let’s touch wood and hope he remains with us in every single game”.
He also spoke about his role as captain, saying, “I think he’s one of these guys who develops with responsibilities. You think he’s not natural at the start but he grows well into the role with responsibility.
“I must say I observe him and he does very well. He’s not a big talker but he speaks his mind”
Robin revealed in the programme today that the players had a midweek dinner/bonding session and if the players need any better example set to them than scoring twice and taking on the entire Bolton back four in a flurry of verbals and pushing then I don’t know what it is.
Van Persie 100 goal stats
71 left foot, 23 right foot, 6 headers. 12 outside the box, 88 inside, 12 penalties.
69 Premier League, 6 Carling Cup, 8 FA Cup, 17 European competitions.
stats via the mighty @Orbinho